It is safe to say that the speculation surrounding his future was nothing short of exhausting – but now ,the Storm and their fans can breathe easy, Â with Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk announcing that he will re-sign with the club for a further 4 years.
The deal will see Cronk remain at the club until the end of the 2016 NRL season, in a contract that is likely to see him through to the end of his career, unless he chooses to play on.
“It is with humility, and therefore, that I wish to advise that I have signed a 4-year contract with the Melbourne Storm”, Cronk said.
“I want to thank my manager Chris Orr, and those other largely invisible people who have supported me through this process. I also want to pay tribute to the other NRL teams, who offered me the chance to join their ranks”.
Times at the Storm have never been easy for Cronk, with rumours flying around in the past about his unhappiness with the club, for not being in the same bracket for the Storm, as players like Billy Slater and Cameron Smith are.
Aside from that, the salary cap struggles of the past, and subsequent punishments are also a blight on the past, but despite those times of hardships, Cronk has a lot of good moments to take out of his career, and reflect on so far.
“Like all families, I have had my moments with the Melbourne Storm. Moments I wished had never happened”.
“But I have been lucky enough to balance those sad moments, with others that I will remember for the rest of my life”.
For Cronk himself, having been a part of a strong culture and organisation for so long, it only made sense for him re-sign with the club, and repay the club for the faith that they have shown in him, over the years.
“I came to this club as a kid, really. Very green, and with little appreciation of how life worked. Sure-footed in the worse sense of the world.”
“Slowly in the last few years, I have grown up, and I hope that starts to become apparent to those who have dealings with me into the future.
“I expect Â with my growing personal maturity, my game will also go to another level – so that I may Â continue to earn my place within the Melbourne Storm team, and honour the fans that have continued to back us in each week”.